Claus Meyer New Scandinavian Cooking
This recipe comes from the Scandinavian Show “New Scandinavian Cooking” Series on PBS. It was some years ago that I watched “A Perfect Day” Series 6, Episode 9 and made this after watching chef Claus Meyer make this dish of Steamed Cod with Leek Sauce. I really liked the results.
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 ½ lb. cod fillet with skin
2 thick winter leeks
4 oz. butter
2 sprigs thyme
1 lb. whole cod roe
½ cup apple juice
½ cup whipping cream
1 red apple, large
2 tbs. coarse grain mustard
½ cup cider vinegar
Sauce – slice Farmers’ Market leeks, then rinse. Trim the tops and bottom the leeks. Cut the white and the green sections apart.
- Fine slice the white portion and rough chop the green tops. Wash the white leeks and then the green leeks in lots of cold water. (Leeks hold soil in the inner leaves.)
- Green portion is for steaming and white portion is for sauce
Cut the Cod into four steaks then salt and pepper both sides let rest
- Sweat the while leeks slowly with butter – do not caramelize – over low heat add fresh sprigs of thyme. (I used freshly dried thyme), Once the leeks soften add the 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar and the 1/2 cup of apple juice. Then reduce to half.
- Add the cream, heat through and
- At the last minute “mount the sauce with coarse mustard”*, seasoning to taste with salt, pepper and the rest of the vinegar.
- Place butter in a second pan. “Briefly sauté the leek tops in a shallow pot, season with salt and pepper”
- Place the pieces of cod, skin side up, on top. With a lid on the pot steam the Cod carefully for 5-6 minutes, until the skin peels easily from the cod or cod is flakey. Meanwhile, chop the apple and toss with the last of the cider vinegar.
- Serve with a winter apple finely cut up**
* Waited until the cod was done and then added the mustard to the white leek sauce with thyme. “Mounting the mustard into the sauce” means mixing it in at the end apparently. That is what I could understand from the internet. (I used Dijon mustard.)
** Alternatively I cut up the apple and added it to the leeks sauce. The apple was slightly softened. Very nice addition to the sauce.
Served this dish with some greens. In the original recipe the instructions are included for preparing and serving the Cod roe. This recipe for is geared towards fresh Cod that still has the skin on. My Cod was frozen with no skin on and no roe. I liked the sauce very much, but fresh cod would be the way to go.
See the link above for details.
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